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Consumer Protection has one metropolitan Perth office and six regional locations in Western Australia. Need to submit a payment? Cashier counter services are located at the Cannington office , you can lodge payments for: tenancy bonds; licence and registration applications; and associations,...
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Some laws set out considerations for regional areas, in particular areas above or below the 26th parallel, for example retail trading hours and residential tenancies. This map shows the location of the 26th parallel in Western Australia which is located at Shark Bay on the coast. Map indicating the...
Online resources
Tenancy concerns related to COVID-19 coronavirus? Visit the Residential Tenancies - COVID-19 response page for the latest information. If the tenant/s receive proper notice to end an agreement but refuse to leave, the lessor can seek a court order to end the agreement and take possession of the...
When a tenancy ends
Property investment promoters, or spruikers, invite people to their ‘wealth creation’ seminars, often for free, with the promise of investment tips or opportunities. They typically promote a property investment system or market a specific property development. The seminars are often promoted...
Buying a property
The lessor can ask a prospective tenant to complete an application form to help them assess the suitability of a tenant. A lessor can also look in a tenancy database . If they do they must let the prospective tenant know, in writing, which database they use and if they find any information. A...
Beginning a tenancy
During the 1970s and early 80s, joints in electrical cables in ceiling spaces of dwellings and buildings were often wrapped only in insulating tape. The insulating tape has dried out over time and may have fallen away, leaving the exposed ends of the cables. This is a serious risk to persons...
Electrical installations
Having electrical work done? Make sure you use a licensed electrical contractor whenever you have electrical work done. Having electrical work done brochure Don't D-I-Y (do it yourself) electrical work Doing your own electrical work or employing an unlicensed person to do it for you, is very...
Electrical installations
Residential park residents (tenants) are covered by a set of specific laws. If you are simply staying at a residential park for a holiday you are not covered by the same laws, however you still have general consumer rights. You are not covered by residential park laws if you are: on holiday; a park...
Site agreements
A security bond is a payment made in advance by a tenant to cover any costs for which the tenant may be liable at the end of the tenancy, such as damage to the property or chattels, outstanding water usage charges or unpaid rent. When a tenant pays the bond, the lessor must give a receipt on the...
Bonds
There are a number of notices designed to help the lessor, property manager and tenant/s deal with various issues. Only issue a notice after you have tried to negotiate the problem or dispute with the other person. Standard forms and notices When a notice is served, proper procedures must be...
Notices and condition reports

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Publications

Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Does the Residential Tenancies Act (the RTA) balance tenant and landlord rights and reponsibilities fairly? Possible options...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Is there a better way to resolve tenancy disputes than going to court? Possible options Offer mediation as a first option. Allow...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Should claims on the bond be made easier for landlords and tenants? Possible options Allow either the landlord or the tenant to...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Should a landlord be allowed to sell or donate abandoned goods? Possible option Allow a landlord to sell or donate abandoned...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Should a tenant be allowed to terminate a fixed term tenancy agreement? Possible options Allow a tenant to end a fixed term...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Should the landlord be allowed to terminate a periodic tenancy agreement if the status of the tenant or the landlord changes?...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Should "no grounds" terminations by landlords be removed from the Residential Tenancies Act (the RTA)? Possible options No...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 30 June 2020. Does the law about keeping pets in rental premises need to be changed? Possible options Allow a landlord to refuse only where...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
01 Jul 2020
Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement 2 (CRIS 2) looks at possible retirement villages legislation reform regarding operator obligations. It deals with some issues which arise during residence and...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
12 Dec 2019
29 November 2019 In this issue: Update to family and domestic violence regulations. Update to family domestic violence regulations From 12 October 2019 the regulations to the Residential Tenancies...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
29 Nov 2019

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Announcements

With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard It has been my position for a number of years that a small amount of damage to a wall, which can easily be repaired, is a small price to pay for ensuring the safety of children living in a rental home. Since 2001, on average, one child a year has died in Australia from toppling furniture with many more suffering serious injuries. I’m really...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Dec 2019
Our offices will be closed from Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020. Normal services will return on Thursday 2 January 2020. For urgent enquiries please visit our contact page.
Corporate
Department News
04 Dec 2019
New laws supporting children’s safety have come into force for tenants who are now allowed to fix furniture to the walls of their rental home and the landlord can only object in limited circumstances. Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act aim to prevent injuries and deaths caused by furniture and electronic equipment such as TVs falling on top of young children. On average since 2001, one...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Dec 2019
A mum whose 15-month-old drowned in an unfenced backyard pool has joined Consumer Protection and Royal Life Saving Society WA to launch a start-of-summer pool safety campaign. Royal Life Saving WA CEO, Peter Leaversuch, says the latest National Drowning Report has some tragic statistics: “Last year, there were 16 child drowning deaths and over 200 non-fatal drowning incidents recorded in swimming...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Dec 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard It’s been more than 10 years since Western Australia’s tenancy laws were reviewed and times have certainly changed. So, Consumer Protection is set to review the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and we are going to want to hear from you. The high cost of owning a home means more people in WA are renting. Meanwhile people with investment...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Nov 2019
Local governments are continuing to take action to address the number of overdue inspections of private pool safety barriers but there is still room for improvement, the Building Commissioner has reported. WA local governments are required to inspect the safety barriers of private pools in their districts at least every four years to ensure they are compliant and continue to be effective in...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Oct 2019
Laws to allow renters to fix furniture to walls to prevent death or injury to children from toppling furniture have passed through State Parliament. The Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 amends the Residential Tenancies Act and means landlords must allow tenants, who submit a request form, to attach furniture to a wall to prevent a child, or a person with a disability, from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Penny Lipscombe We have received complaints from tenants recently about electrical hazards and gas leaks in rental properties. Issues include faulty electrical wiring, power sockets and appliances blowing, power shortages when raining, and water leaking onto electrical points. What to do if you suspect an electrical fault? At least two RCDs must be fitted...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Oct 2019
We have received complaints from tenants recently about electrical hazards and gas leaks in rental properties. Issues include faulty electrical wiring, power sockets and appliances blowing, power shortages when raining, and water leaking onto electrical points. What to do if you suspect an electrical fault? At least two RCDs must be fitted before selling a home, in all properties constructed...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Oct 2019
A real estate sales agent who was showing a prospective tenant a rental property in Beeliar recently was surprised to discover that someone had changed the locks and had already moved in without the authority of the owner. The tenant moved in after responding to a rental accommodation advertisement on Gumtree which ended up being fake. He paid $2,000 to the scammers via a money transfer service...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Oct 2019

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